An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People, Fourth Edition: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began

An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People, Fourth Edition: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began

by Arthur J. Ray


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Canada’s Native people have inhabited this land since the Ice Age and were already accomplished traders, artisans, farmers, and marine hunters when Europeans first reached their shores. Contact between Natives and European explorers and settlers initially presented an unprecedented period of growth and opportunity. But the two vastly different cultures soon clashed. Arthur Ray charts the history of Canada’s Native people from first contact to current land claims. The result is a fascinating chronicle that spans 12,000 years and culminates in the headlines of today. In the preface to this new edition, Ray elaborates on the increasing effectiveness of Indigenous peoples and their leaders in bringing demands for justice to centre stage. He discusses recent court decisions, the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the hope for change following promises made by the new Trudeau government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773548008
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 05/30/2016
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Arthur J. Ray is professor emeritus of history at the University of British Columbia and author of Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History and Telling It to the Judge: Taking Native History to Court.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition xi

Preface to the Third Edition xix

Preface to the Second Edition xxi

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 The Land As History Book 1

Chapter 2 The Cultural Mosaic 22

Chapter 3 Legends of the First Encounters 38

Chapter 4 Welcoming the Newcomers 46

Chapter 5 New Friends and Foes 60

Chapter 6 Trade and War in the Western Interior 78

Chapter 7 Opportunities in the Fur Trade 93

Chapter 8 The Sea-Otter Bonanza 112

Chapter 9 Choosing Sides 122

Chapter 10 Fighting the Loyalists for Land 142

Chapter 11 The Changing Order in the Northwest 160

Chapter 12 Placed on a Little Spot 178

Chapter 13 The Métis and "Indian" Question 194

Chapter 14 Treaty Making 206

Chapter 15 It Is a Strict Law That Bids Us Dance 222

Chapter 16 From Buffalo Hunting to Farming 244

Chapter 17 The Modern Fur Trade 268

Chapter 18 Working for the Industrial Fishery 292

Chapter 19 Getting Organized 313

Chapter 20 Searching for Settlement 338

Chapter 21 History Wars 360

Chapter 12 The Forgotten People: The Métis 387

Selected Bibliography 399

Picture Sources 405

Acknowledgements 407

Index 409

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